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French Institute: Félix Gatineau Collection

Félix Gatineau Collection [1835-1985]

 

Extent: 2 bankers boxes and 1 legal-sized document box

Linear feet: 2.5 linear feet

Language: French and English. The bulk of this collection is in French.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition: Created by Félix Gatineau, the collection was donated to the French Institute by Father Wilfrid Dufault.

Ownership and Literary Rights: The Félix Gatineau Collection is the physical property of the French Institute, Assumption University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Cite As: Félix Gatineau Collection, French Institute, Assumption University

Restrictions on Access: The collection is available to researchers and other interested parties. Permission for use or reproduction can be obtained from the director of the French Institute, and is subject to the Institute’s user policies.

Scope & Content: This collection relates the history of the Franco-American Félix Gatineau, who immigrated to Southbridge, Massachusetts in 1877. The collection, with a few exceptions, details his life post-immigration, particularly his extensive involvement in Franco-American social and political life. Gatineau’s interactions with the Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique [USJB], and its committee the Caisse des Vieillards (which provided financial assistance to elderly members and their families), are particularly well-represented. Of special note are the 43 diaries that he kept from 1881 through the 1920s. Series include: Biographical Documents, Correspondence, Genealogy, Southbridge, Franco-American Culture, Union Saint-Jean Baptiste d’Amérique, Volumes, and Diaries.

Biographical Note: See Finding Aid

Series Outline: The  records of the Félix Gatineau Collection are organized into eight series:

Series 1: Biographical Documents: This series contains papers that directly relate to the life of Félix Gatineau including biographical details, images, and newspaper clippings. Images of both Félix Gatineau and his family are included in this series. Of note is a picture of Félix Gatineau dressed as Paul Revere for Patriots Day, 1896.

Series 2: Correspondence: This series includes correspondence with various individuals and select family members, as well as organizations, except for USJB correspondence which can be found in its respective series. Key correspondents include: Clement Fréchette, Philippe-Armand Lajoie, J. A. Martin, and Adolphe Robert. Additionally, there is correspondence between family members, and correspondence related to his work the Histoire des Franco-Américains de Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Series 3: Genealogy: This series includes records regarding various Franco-American families. There is genealogical research regarding Félix Gatineau’s family; as well as his mother’s (Thériault), his wife’s (Giard), and the Bourassa, Potvin, and Dumas families.

Series 4: Southbridge: This series contains various documents concerning Southbridge, Massachusetts, including newspaper clippings, pamphlets, programs, images of Southbridge people and buildings, and Southbridge’s Club Canadien.

Series 5: Franco-American Culture: This series consists of records related to various aspects of Franco-American culture. Particularly, pamphlets and programs from events concerning Franco-Americans associations not only in New England, but the Mid-West as well (except for the USJB). Franco-American theatrical and musical events are also included. Of special note is a typescript play “Les Vengeances” prepared by Félix Gatineau pasted in an older booklet, as well as the program for the actual performance. There are images and business cards of select Franco-Americans. Franco-American parishes are represented, and there is an assortment of newspaper articles about Franco-Americans.

Series 6: Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique: The Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique was a fraternal Franco-American organization that Gatineau was heavily involved in. Correspondence regarding the USJB makes up the bulk of this series, particularly his work with the Caisse des Vieillards, as well as communication with Élie Vézina. The Caisse des Vieillards correspondence is a font of information concerning Franco-American families throughout New England. Gatineau’s role was to visit people wishful of aid, and to assess their situation. As such his letters to the Caisse’s board include the names, ages, personal history, living situation, and family ties of the individuals visited, as well as his suggestion about if and how the Caisse should help them. There are also significant records regarding various USJB events and congresses.

Series 7: Volumes: This series contains volumes that belonged to Gatineau, and a list of books from his personal library that he later donated to a public library [possibly Southbridge’s Jacob Edwards Library]. Of special note are school yearbooks from a few Canadian schools, Félix Gatineau’s scrapbook of newspaper clippings, Tonkourou by Pamphile Lemay, and two items related to Henri Bourassa, a Canadian politician and journalist.

Series 8: Diaries: This series is comprised of Gatineau’s daily diaries. Kept over 46 years, the entries are more like daily planners than narrative diaries. They shed light on his extensive travel on behalf of the Caisse des Vieillards, and most contain expenses of the Gatineau family. An additional four volumes highlight Gatineau’s political life.

 

Full Finding Aid: 

Gatineau Collection- Images

Oxen front

Félix Gatineau and oxen, 1874

Caption on verso of image reads: "F Gatineau at the age of 15 in 1874 takes a voyage on the Belleville river in the lumber camp of the Roltsburn[?] Company. His job is to chain the logs as shown in the picture. The carter's name is Pabuin (Paddy) Burns & the names of the oxen are "Ned" and "Bright" Gatineau. 

Group portrait of the Gatineau Family.

La Famille Gatineau, late 19th century.

Cabinet card of the Gatineau Family, late 19th century. People included are: Clement Begin, Félix's sisters Graziella and Marie Ange Gatineau, Joseph Gatineau and his wife Mme Marie Desrosiers, Félix Gatineau, Victor Gatineau and his wife Mme Marie Théroux, and Sergius Gatineau. Image taken at the studio of Bourassa & Beauregard, St. Hyacinthe, P.Q.

Paul Revere front

Paul Revere at Southbridge, Mass., 19 April 1896.

Photograph of Félix Gatineau dressed as Paul Revere for Patriot's Day, April 19, 1896. Image taken by Solomon Labonte, of Southbridge, Mass. Gatineau recalled his ride as Paul Revere in great and humorous detail in his "History of the Franco-Americans of Stockbridge, Massachusetts."

Félix Gatineau standing behind the counter in his shop.

Le magazin de Félix Gatineau, March 1901

Photograph of Félix Gatineau and his cousin in Gatineau's store, March 1901. Image taken by Rev. J. A. Fredette.

Car front resized

Gatineau and company with an automobile, 30 June 1908

Photograph of Félix Gatineau, Mr. Gregoire, Luna, and Mr. Genereux, with an automobile, 30 June 1908. Photographer unknown.

Ladies float front

Chaminade Club parade float, Southbridge, 1914.

The parade float for the Chaminade Club, Southbridge, 1914. The image was captured by Devine & Hayes of Boston. As one of the founders of the club, Gatineau's daughter Cora Gatineau is likely one of the women on the float. 

Parade float  entitled

Parade float depicting a "Canadian Family Arriving in Southbridge in 1832."

This float was part of the Southbridge's Centennial Celebration parade in 1916. Image was captured by Devine & Hayes of Boston. 

Navy outfit front

Félix and Robert Gatineau, 1923

Real picture postcard of Félix and Robert Gatineau, 1923. The postcard was never sent, but Gatineau's daughter Laura's name is scrawled in pencil at top of verso. 

Campaign poster for election bid for RepresentativCampaign poster for election bid for Representative, 1926.

Vote for Félix Gatineau, 1926

Campaign broadside for Gatineau's election bid for Representative, 1926.

SSJB float front

Société St. Jean Baptiste parade float, n.d.

Parade float for the Société St. Jean Baptiste, with several charter members present. The image was captured be Devine & Hayes of Boston. Verso of photograph includes a partial list of those on the float, including: Francois P., Norbert Duval, Nadeau, Victor Lamoureux, Gilbert Theriault, Joseph C., and Solomon Ste Marie. 

 

Gatineau Collection- Correspondence

Letter, 1915

Letter, 29 October 1915

Letter from O. B. C., the Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the Southbridge Centennial Celebration, to Félix Gatineau, Chairman of the Nominations Committee for the same celebration. The letter discusses the need for the various committees to meet. The enclosure mentioned in the letter has survived, and is an exhaustive and annotated list of key Southbridge citizens involved with the planning of the Southbridge Centennial Celebration. 

Letter, 1919

Letter, 4 December 1919

Page one of a letter from Ovide LeClair to Félix Gatineau, 4 December 1919. Writing from Montana, LeClair included payment with his letter for a copy of Gatineau's "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge," and provided extensive details about Franco-Americans in the the northwestern states. He mentions two priests- Father Tougas from Worcester, Massachusetts, and Father LeClair from Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Letter, 1919

Letter, 4 December 1919

Pages two and three of a letter from Ovide LeClair to Félix Gatineau, 4 December 1919. Writing from Montana, LeClair included payment with his letter for a copy of Gatineau's "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge," and provided extensive details about Franco-Americans in the the northwestern states. He mentions two priests- Father Tougas from Worcester, Massachusetts, and Father LeClair from Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Letter, 1919

Letter, 4 December 1919

Page four of a letter from Ovide LeClair to Félix Gatineau, 4 December 1919. Writing from Montana, LeClair included payment with his letter for a copy of Gatineau's "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge," and provided extensive details about Franco-Americans in the the northwestern states. He mentions two priests- Father Tougas from Worcester, Massachusetts, and Father LeClair from Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Letter, 1920

Letter, 27 February 1920

Page one of a letter from Charles de Bauffremont to Félix Gatineau, 27 February 1920. The letter is in regards to Gatineau's recent publishing of his "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge."

Letter, 1920

Letter, 27 February 1920

Pages two and three of a letter from Charles de Bauffremont to Félix Gatineau, 27 February 1920. The letter is in regards to Gatineau's recent publishing of his "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge."

Letter, 1920

Letter, 24 May 1920

Page one of a letter from Hugo A. Dubuque, to Félix Gatineau. Written on stationery from Boston's Superior Court, Dubuque commended Gatineau on his recent publication "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge."

Letter, 1920

Letter, 24 May 1920

Page two of a letter from Hugo A. Dubuque, to Felix Gatineau. Written on stationery from Boston's Superior Court, Dubuque commended Gatineau on his recent publication "Histoire des Franco-Americains de Southbridge."

Letter, 1920

Letter, 3 November 1920

Letter from Clément Fréchette to Félix Gatineau, 3 November 1920. In the letter Fréchette congratulates Gatineau on his election to the Massachusetts legislature. 

Letter,1920

Letter, 3 November 1920

Letter from J. A. Martin to Félix Gatineau, 3 November 1920. In the letter Martin congratulates Gatineau on his recent election, having heard the news from Origène Paquette.

Letter, 1920

Letter, 27 November 1920

Page one of a letter from J. A. Martin to Félix Gatineau, 27 November 1927. The letter touches on their friendship, Gatineau's recent election win, a cold welcome Gatineau received from the Cercle Canadien, the status of the local Republican party, and other local news. 

Letter, 1920

Letter, 27 November 1920

Page two of a letter from J. A. Martin to Félix Gatineau, 27 November 1927. The letter touches on their friendship, Gatineau's recent election win, a cold welcome Gatineau received from the Cercle Canadien, the status of the local Republican party, and other local news. 

Letter, 1922

Letter, 9 January 1922

Letter from Adolphe Robert to Félix Gatineau, 9 January 1922. Written on stationery from La Fédération Catholique Franco-Américaine, Robert wrote to Gatineau informing him of the next meeting of the Union Saint-Jean Baptiste d'Amérique, to be held in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 

Letter, 1922

List, September 1922

This list, sent from Adolphe Robert to Félix Gatineau, provides the names and addresses of the delegates to the mid-September 1922 meeting of the Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d'Amérique. 

Letter, 1926

Letter, 28 March 1926

Page one of a letter from Georges E. Prevost of the Cercle des Etudiants Franco-Américains, to Félix Gatineau and Odile Giard. Prevost hoped that Gatineau and Giard would be the patrons of their upcoming concert, and discusses the importance of what they do. La Survivance is mentioned.  

Letter, 1926

Letter, 28 March 1926

Page two of a letter from Georges E. Prevost of the Cercle des Etudiants Franco-Américains, to Félix Gatineau and Odile Giard. Prevost hoped that Gatineau and Giard would be the patrons of their upcoming concert, and discusses the importance of what they do. La Survivance is mentioned.

Letter, 1926

Letter, 11 November 1926

Page one of a letter from Philippe A. Lajoie, to Félix Gatineau, 11 November 1926. The letter is written on stationery from l'Indépendant, a Franco-American newspaper published in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lajoie thanks Gatineau for his suggestions, and asks his help in compiling images and biographies of fellow Franco-Americans. 

Letter, 1926

Letter, 11 November 1926

Page two of a letter from Philippe A. Lajoie, to Félix Gatineau, 11 November 1926. The letter is written on stationery from l'Indépendant, a Franco-American newspaper published in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lajoie thanks Gatineau for his suggestions, and asks his help in compiling images and biographies of fellow Franco-Americans. 

Letter, 1927

Letter, 12 March 1927

Page one of an unsigned letter to Odile Giard from an unknown sister, and is about Félix Gatineau's failing health.

Letter, 1927

Letter, 12 March 1927

Page two and three of an unsigned letter to Odile Giard from an unknown sister, and is about Félix Gatineau's failing health.

Letter, 1927

Letter, 12 March 1927

Page four of an unsigned letter to Odile Giard from an unknown sister, and is about Félix Gatineau's failing health.

Letter, 1927

Letter, 14 March 1927

Letter from Cora Gatineau to Albert A. Belanger. In the letter Cora clarifies that her father is in the Louis Pasteur Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, recovering from an operation. She goes on to note that her father would like to see Belanger soon, at which time they can discuss the census he undertook. 

Gatineau Collection- Southbridge

Souvenir Program, 1908

Souvenir de la Paroisse Notre Dame, 9 September 1908

The cover of a souvenir program of Notre Dame Parish. It was produced in recognition of a visit from friends, as well as a Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste congress held in Holyoke. 

Souvenir Program, 1921

Programme-Souvenir de la Convention des Forestiers Franco-Américains, 5 September 1921

The cover of a souvenir program for a meeting of the Forestiers Franco-Américains, which was held in Southbridge, Massachusetts on 5 September 1921. 

Souvenir Program, 1926

Noces d'Or, Programme Souvenir du Cercle Canadien, 12 April 1926

The cover of the Noces d'Or, 1876-1926, Programme Souvenir du Cinquantième Anniversaire de la foundation du Cercle Canadien, Southbridge, Massachusetts. The event was held on 12 April 1926. 

Booklet, n.d.

Cercle Canadien booklet, n.d.

The cover of "Constitution et Reglements du Cercle Canadien," a rules and regulations booklet for the Cercle Canadien published in Southbridge, Massachusetts.  

Notre Dame, n.d.

Image of Notre Dame in Southbridge, n.d.

This real picture postcard depicts the altar and surrounding area of Notre Dame in Southbridge. This is likely an image of the old Notre Dame church (completed 1870) which was replaced in 1916. The church is clearly decorated for a festival, with the banner over the altar reading: Adorons, Aimons, Remercions.

Gatineau Collection- Franco-American Culture

Theatrical Script, 1878

"Le Petit Livre de Trois Voyagers," 1878

The front cover of the script for "Le Petit Livre de Trois Voyagers" by Louis Bonn, published in Willimantic, CT, in 1878. Gatineau's name is inscribed in his own hand at top. 

Play Program, 1911

"Les Cloches de Corneville," 27-28 February 1911

The program for "Les Cloches de Corneville," performed 27-28 February 1911. The performance was held at the Salle de l'Opera in Woonsocket, RI. 

Dinner Program, 1921

25ième Anniversaire de La Société des Artisans Canadiens-Français aux Etats-Unis, 9 October 1921

Cover of the dinner program for the 25ième Anniversaire de La Société des Artisans Canadiens-Français aux Etats-Unis. Held at the Hotel Bancroft in Worcester, MA on 9 October 1921. 

Dinner Program, 1921

25ième Anniversaire de La Société des Artisans Canadiens-Français aux Etats-Unis, 9 October 1921

Interior of the dinner program for the 25ième Anniversaire de La Société des Artisans Canadiens-Français aux Etats-Unis. Held at the Hotel Bancroft in Worcester, MA on 9 October 1921. 

Dinner Program, 1921

25ième Anniversaire de La Société des Artisans Canadiens-Français aux Etats-Unis, 9 October 1921

Back cover of the dinner program for the 25ième Anniversaire de La Société des Artisans Canadiens-Français aux Etats-Unis. Held at the Hotel Bancroft in Worcester, MA on 9 October 1921. 

Book Catalog, 1924

Catalogue Général de Livres Canadiens, Librairie Marlier, 1924

Cover of a book catalog from the Librairie Marlier in Boston, 1924. The catalog lists the publisher and bookstores "Canadian" titles for sale. 

Theatrical Script, 1924

"Les Vengeances" by Pamphile Lemay, propriété de Félix Gatineau, February 1924

This is a typescript copy of "Les Vengeances" by Pamphile Lemay. The script is pasted into an older Franco-American program from 1916. This was Gatineau's personal working copy, and he played the role of Lozet. The play was performed at the Theatre Blanchard on 3 March 1924.

Theater Program, 1924

"Tonkourou ou La Vengeance Indienne," 3 March 1924

Cover of the theater program for "Tonkourou ou La Vengeance Indienne." The play, written by Pamphile Lemay, was performed with the generosity of the Cercle Canadien. Félix Gatineau played the role of Jean Lozet in this one-time-only performance at the Blanchard Theater in Southbridge, on 3 March 1924. 

Theater Program, 1924

"Tonkourou ou La Vengeance Indienne," 3 March 1924

Interior of the theater program for "Tonkourou ou La Vengeance Indienne." The play, written by Pamphile Lemay, was performed with the generosity of the Cercle Canadien. Félix Gatineau played the role of Jean Lozet in this one-time-only performance at the Blanchard Theater in Southbridge, on 3 March 1924. 

Theater Program, 1924

"Tonkourou ou La Vengeance Indienne," 3 March 1924

Back cover of the theater program for "Tonkourou ou La Vengeance Indienne." The play, written by Pamphile Lemay, was performed with the generosity of the Cercle Canadien. Félix Gatineau played the role of Jean Lozet in this one-time-only performance at the Blanchard Theater in Southbridge, on 3 March 1924. 

Souvenir Program, 1924

Programme-Souvenir au XXVIième Congrès des Franco-Américains du Connecticut, 2-3 June 1924

The cover of a souvenir multi-page booklet titled, Programme-Souvenir au XXVIième Congrès des Franco-Américains du Connecticut. The event was held in Putnam, CT,  2-3 June 1924. 

Dinner Program, 1926

Banquet Annuel de la Fête Nationale Française, 14 July 1926

Cover of the dinner program for the Banquet Annuel de la Fête Nationale Française, 14 July 1926. Hosted by the Société de Secours Mutuels de Langue Française, at the Cafe Seville on Boylston Street in Boston, MA. 

Dinner Program, 1926

Banquet Annuel de la Fête Nationale Française, 14 July 1926

Interior of the dinner program for the Banquet Annuel de la Fête Nationale Française, 14 July 1926. Hosted by the Société de Secours Mutuels de Langue Française, at the Cafe Seville on Boylston Street in Boston, MA. 

Dinner Program, 1926

Banquet Annuel de la Fête Nationale Française, 14 July 1926

Back cover of the dinner program for the Banquet Annuel de la Fête Nationale Française, 14 July 1926. Hosted by the Société de Secours Mutuels de Langue Française, at the Cafe Seville on Boylston Street in Boston, MA. 

Invitation, 1926

Invitation to a performance of "Le Petit Canadien," 13 December 1926

Front of a postcard invitation to a performance of "Le Petit Canadien" at the Theatre Blanchard in Southbridge, MA. Performance by La Troupe Nationale, the performance was to start at 8:15pm under the direction of Albert J. Crepeau. Tickets were available for purchase at three local Franco-American businesses: Pharmacie Péloquin, G. Grégoire & Son, and Magasin M. L. Lavallée.

Invitation, 1926

Invitation to a performance of "Le Petit Canadien," 13 December 1926

Back of a postcard invitation to a performance of "Le Petit Canadien" at the Theatre Blanchard in Southbridge, MA. Performance by La Troupe Nationale, the performance was to start at 8:15pm under the direction of Albert J. Crepeau. Tickets were available for purchase at three local Franco-American businesses: Pharmacie Péloquin, G. Grégoire & Son, and Magasin M. L. Lavallée.

Gatineau Collection- Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Amérique

Souvenir Program, 1902

Programme Souvenir de la Fete St. Jean-Baptiste, 23-24 June 1902

The front cover of the souvenir program for the Fete St. Jean-Baptiste, held in Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island, 23-24 June 1902.

Speech, 1909

Speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909

Page one of a speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909. The event honored Gatineau's work with the USJB, particularly his years as president of the organization. 

Speech, 1909

Speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909

Page two of a speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909. The event honored Gatineau's work with the USJB, particularly his years as president of the organization. 

Speech, 1909

Speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909

Page three of a speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909. The event honored Gatineau's work with the USJB, particularly his years as president of the organization. 

Speech, 1909

Speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909

Page four of a speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909. The event honored Gatineau's work with the USJB, particularly his years as president of the organization. 

Speech, 1909

Speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909

Page five of a speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909. The event honored Gatineau's work with the USJB, particularly his years as president of the organization. 

Speech, 1909

Speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909

Page six of a speech given in Gatineau's honor, 21 November 1909. The event honored Gatineau's work with the USJB, particularly his years as president of the organization. 

Souvenir Program, 1910

Souvenir de la Fete St-Jean-Baptiste, 23 June 1910

The front cover of a souvenir booklet for the Fete St-Jean-Baptiste, held in Calumet, Michigan, 23 June 1910. The event was held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the founding of St. Anne's Parish, also in Calumet, MI.

Letter, 1921

Letter from an unknown USJB representative, to La Supérieur des Soeurs Franciscaines, 30 July 1921

Page one of a letter from an unknown USJB representative, to La Supérieur des Soeurs Franciscaines of Worcester, MA, 30 July 1921. The letter provides interesting details about the USJB, and discussion regarding a new building on Thorne Street in Worcester, MA. 

Letter, 1921

Letter from an unknown USJB representative, to La Supérieur des Soeurs Franciscaines, 30 July 1921

Page two of a letter from an unknown USJB representative, to La Supérieur des Soeurs Franciscaines of Worcester, MA, 30 July 1921. The letter provides interesting details about the USJB, and discussion regarding a new building on Thorne Street in Worcester, MA.

Letter, 1925

Letter from Élie Vézina, to Félix Gatineau, 12 August 1925

Page one of a letter from Élie Vézina, secretary of the USJB, to Félix Gatineau, 12 August 1925. The letter invites Gatineau to take part in the 25th anniversary of the organization. 

Letter, 1925

Letter from Élie Vézina, to Félix Gatineau, 12 August 1925

Page two of a letter from Élie Vézina, secretary of the USJB, to Félix Gatineau, 12 August 1925. The letter invites Gatineau to take part in the 25th anniversary of the organization. 

Mortuary Banner, n.d.

USJB Mortuary Banner, n.d.

Photograph of USJB's mortuary banner, likely used at funerals or services for deceased members of the Caisse de Vieillards. Image captured by Knight, of Worcester, MA. 

Gatineau Collection- Volumes

School Yearbook, 1905-1906

Annuaire du Collège Sainte-Croix, Farnham, P. Q., 1905-1906

Cover of a school yearbook from the Collège Sainte-Croix for the 1905-1906 school year, published by the Librairie Beauchemin in Montreal. Félix Gatineau attended the school c. 1870s, and his daughter's name (Ida Gatineau) is inscribed on the cover, although she didn't attend the school.

Booklet, 1911

Etes-vous Naturalisé?

Cover of a booklet, Etes-vous Naturalisé?: ce qu'il faut savoir pour devenir citoyen américain. Written by Alain Chaput, and published in Fall River, MA, in 1911. 

Bourassa, 1915

La Langue Française au Canada: ses droits, sa nécessité, ses avantages, 1915

The cover to Henri Bourassa's speech, La Langue Française au Canada: ses droits, sa nécessité, ses avantages, given at the National Monument in Montreal, 19 May 1915. The speech was printed that same year by the Imprimerie du Devoir in Montreal.

Book, 1927-1928

Public Officials of Massachusetts, 1927-1928

Facing pages from Public Officials of Massachusetts, 1927-1928, published by the Boston Review Publicity Service. The left page shows Gatineau's involvement in local and state politics. 

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